Explore with the Geographical Society of Philadelphia – PEOPLE/PLACES/PERSPECTIVES
In our 129 years as the Geographical Society of Philadelphia, we have championed Arctic exploration, witnessed the first lunar landing, and, together with our members, made many trips around the world.
We thank you so much for your support, and for making our community lively, vibrant, and informed.
Celebrate tradition and explore new frontiers… without leaving town!
Check back to see what our next season holds, and how you can experience the world in new ways. Become a member to support the legacy of one of Philadelphia’s oldest and most-prestigious organizations.
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Upcoming in 2020
Coming up this Summer!
As part of the Marco Polo Travel Series, we’ll explore the world’s most modern cities: Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Doha in Qatar and Muskat in Oman. Known as the “Roof of the World”, we’ll visit the cultural and geographic highlights of Tibet. And, travel through China’s vast southern province of Yunnan.
Tibet – by Lucille Pilling
Experience the famed Shoton Festival, an annual celebration of Buddhist monks, and other cultural and geographic highlights of Tibet, known as the “Roof of the World.”
Yunnan – by Paula Roberts
Travel through China’s vast southern province of Yunnan, home to many well-preserved ancient towns and villages, natural wonders, and 25 unique ethnic cultures.
Celebrating World Water and the Earth Days, GEO presents a panel discussion about the historical, ecological, social, and technological effects along our rivers.
Would you swim in the Schuylkill River? Curious about the Clean Water Act? Environmental Protection?
Join a panel of experts talk about the Today and Past of the Water in Philly – an EPA agent, scholars with extensive research on Philadelphia’s rivers, and GEO’s board members.Read More »
Since 1891, we have been annually honoring an “Explorer of the Year”. As our mission is to support the exploration of the world and enhance perspective on the worlds’ peoples and places, we chose the nominee based on their work crossing boundaries in their own successful and very worthy example of that goal.
Please stay tuned for the “Date and our next Honoree … to be announced”
The special Cecilia Beaux pin has previously been awarded to Robert Peary, Theodore Roosevelt, Neil Armstrong, Diana Nyad, and Derrick Pitts – to name just a few.Read More »